PATTY CANNON'S BONES
While excavating in the east corner of the Sussex County jail lot on the 31st
of July, 1902, prisoners on special duty unearthed a skull and a number of bones
which are said to be those of Patty Cannon, notorious slave trader, who had lived
on the Maryland & Delaware state line at Johnson's Cross Roads, Sussex county.
She was located in the Sussex county Jail after being convicted of murder
in the early part of the last century. A few days before her set execution she
died, supposedly from self administered poison. There is no doubt the bones
are hers as she was the only person on record of ever being buried in the jail
The skull and bones are on exhibit in the office of Lawyer James A. Marsh
and scores of people have been attracted there to see them.
SOURCE; Wilmington Evening Journal , Friday, August 1, 1902, page 2.